Superior contrast from an all-new backlighting system
One of the key advancements of the XBR-100Z9D is its revolutionary new LED backlighting system, called Backlight Master Drive. Picture contrast is a critical part of what makes a great TV look great. Previous top-of-the-line LED TVs have used a system known as "full-array local dimming" to control their LEDs in small groups or zones. Instead, the '100Z9D provides discrete control over each individual LED in the panel's ultra-dense backlight structure. This offers extremely deep, accurate black levels and incredible contrast, raising the bar for LED TV picture quality.
Sony also uses a patented new "Calibrated Beam LED" design that focuses the light from each LED more precisely than typical LED backlights. This helps avoid the light bleed or "bloom" effect that limits the performance of typical LED-backlit sets.
A new image processor gets the most out of HDR
HDR (High Dynamic Range) is one of the biggest advancements to come along in TV technology in recent years. Movies and shows that are encoded with HDR give you incredibly vivid image color, brightness, and detail when displayed on a compatible TV. HDR is available on select Ultra HD Blu-ray titles as well as select programming from streaming services like Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu and the list is growing.
The '100Z9D uses an all-new 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme engine to get the most out of HDR-encoded content. Its object-based remastering system looks at each object within a frame and renders its contrast and color individually. This is a big upgrade over traditional processing which renders an entire frame uniformly. And the processor's Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR function ensures that sunsets and other colorful scenes appear lifelike and smooth, without color banding.
Enjoy more natural-looking colors
The XBR-100Z9D uses Sony's TRILUMINOS Display technology to offer a wider range of reds, blues, and greens than you get with a traditional LED panel. This expanded palette ensures that colors don't become over-saturated. Instead, they look more lifelike and natural. Think about watching a football or baseball game, and seeing all of the shades of green appear the way they would on an actual grassy field. Or seeing your favorite actor's face with all of its subtle skin tones displayed with nuance and authenticity. That's the sort of true-to-life color that the '100Z9D delivers.
Android TV delivers a smooth streaming experience
The built-in Android operating system lets you do a lot of things you're used to doing on your tablet or smartphone. Log in with your Google ID to access a huge collection of apps, games, movies, and other content from Google Play. The Google Cast feature lets you stream movies, pictures, and TV shows from your iOS® or Android-based phone or from a laptop. Sony's user-friendly on-screen interface is easy to navigate. Anyone in the family can pick up the remote and find their favorite show. You can even use the remote's built-in microphone to search for content using your voice.
Blazing-fast wireless streaming
The '100Z9D features the latest Wi-Fi standards for fast streaming and reliable wireless connectivity. Unsure about your network's capability? Check out our wireless router buying guide. If you haven't upgraded your hardware in the last few years, a new router will offer big improvements in range and speed.